Jean-Claude Van Damme, star of the original 1989 Kickboxer, returns for the upcoming reboot of the classic martial arts movie. Learn whom he's replacing, who else is on board and more!
As many know by now, the 1989 martial arts movieKickboxer— the film that helped launch the career of Jean-Claude Van Damme— is getting the reboot treatment courtesy of Radar Films. Producer Ted Field from Radar Films announced this week, however, that Jean-Claude Van Damme himself (often referred to by fans as simply JCVD) has joined theKickboxercast, taking over the role of Master Chow. JCVD replaces none other than popular martial arts movie starTony Jaa(Ong-Bak, The Protector). The 3-D reboot ofKickboxer— starring Alain Moussi, Dave Bautista, andGeorges St-Pierre(and also now JCVD) — recently started production in New Orleans, Louisiana and Thailand. "We are so excited to haveKickboxerroll into production and to have JCVD in the role of Master Chow, passing the torch to Alain [leading] the franchise to a new generation," said Field regarding the addition of JCVD to the cast. "Audiences better get ready for this incredible reboot. The action is going to be non-stop with never-before-seen stunts. Simply put,Kickboxerwill kick ass!"